Pakistan

PM announces Sitara-e-Pakistan for departed diplomats

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced award of Sitara-e-Pakistan to the deceased ambassadors of Norway and Philippines and deceased wives of ambassadors of Malaysia and Indonesia, ARY News reported.

He made this announcement while speaking at a reference held at Foreign Office in Islamabad today in memory of those killed in the helicopter crash on Friday.

A Pakistan military helicopter carrying diplomats to inspect a tourism project crashed on Friday killing seven people, including the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines and the wives of the Malaysian and Indonesian ambassadors..

PM Nawaz Sharif said the government and people of Pakistan stand by entire diplomatic community in the hour of grief.

Mr. Sharif also met three bereaved families of the Naltar incident including those from Norway, Malaysia and Indonesia at the Foreign Office.

Earlier, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry also addressed the ceremony.

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